The New York Giants rookie quarterback put up an impressive performance in leading his team to a come-from-behind road win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday, and the league office is giving him a little shine.
NFC offensive player of the week
On Wednesday, the NFL announced the six players selected as AFC and NFC players of the week for Week 3, and Jones was unsurprisingly picked as the NFC offensive performer.
The Giants were down by 18 points at halftime and went on to win 32-31; it was just the second time in franchise history - and he first time in 70 years - New York won after being down by 18 at the midway point of a game.
Jones completed 23-of-36 passes (63.9 percent) for 336 yards with two passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s the first Giants quarterback with two rushing touchdowns in a game since Jeff Hoestetler in 1991.
The last quarterback to win player of the week honors after his first career start was the Tennessee Titans’ Marcus Mariota in 2015.
Daniel Jones with the New York Giants
Daniel Jones with the New York Giants
Duke quarterback Daniel Jones poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the New York Giants selected Jones in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SIRIUSXM - New York Giants first round pick Daniel Jones visits SiriusXM NFL Radio at the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. (Wade Payne/AP Images for SiriusXM)
New York Giants quarterbacks Eli Manning (10) and Daniel Jones (8) warm up during an NFL football practice Monday, May 20, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
New York Giants first round draft pick Daniel Jones, 6th overall, talks to reporters during NFL football rookie camp, Friday, May 3, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Giants' quarterback Daniel Jones watches as Eli Manning throws a pass at the NFL football team's training camp in Thursday, July 25, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs on the field during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears during a preseason NFL football game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) celebrates with Bennie Fowler (18) after they connected for a touchdown during the first half of the team's preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)
FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks for a receiver during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati. While Jones seemingly is the future of the Giants at quarterback, the sixth pick overall in the draft has a lot to learn before taking over from Eli Manning. (AP Photo/Frank Victores, File)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones drops back to pass against the New England Patriots in the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) watches play against the Dallas Cowboys from the sideline in the second half of a NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 15: New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) on the field prior to the National Football League game between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills on September 15, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 15: New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) on the field prior to the National Football League game between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills on September 15, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Giants already gloating
The Giants - or at least their social media team - are already gloating about Jones.
In the hours and days after New York drafted Jones with the sixth overall pick last spring, the team and general manager Dave Gettleman were roundly criticized for the pick.
The Jones pick was even booed by Giants fans at the team’s draft party, and Jones was booed a couple of weeks later at a New York Yankees game, before he’d even played a snap.
But on Wednesday morning, the Giants tweeted this:
Which is cute, but a little premature. Yes, Jones was great in his first game, but obviously so was Mariota in his first game four years ago (ironically also against the Buccaneers), and he hasn’t exactly sustained that level of performance.
In short: pump the brakes, Giants. Let’s give it at least four starts before we’re starting with the “we told you so” tweets about Jones.